Burger to start for Stormers

Schalk Burger will start alongside Duane Vermeulen and Siya Kolisi in the back row against the Bulls on Saturday.

Rynhardt Elstadt and Ruan Botha will fill the new-look second row to try and ease the Stormers’ concerns around the lock positions.

Damien de Allende will start on the left wing, with Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh making up the midfield. WP U21 flyer Kobus van Wyk will fill the other wing, while Gio Aplon slots into fullback.

The game will kick off at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane at 5pm.

SuperSport confirmed that the game won't be televised and that the situation would only change if the two unions (Blue Bulls and WP) or the Polokwane City Council decide to carry the costs involved.

Stormers – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Damian de Allende, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Alistair Vermaak/Justin Ackerman, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Michael Rhodes, 21 Nizaam Carr, 22 Nic Groom, 23 Gary van Aswegen, 24 Scott van Breda, 25 Ryno Eksteen, 26 Deon Fourie.

Bulls team to play Stormers

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